Dallas County reports aerial mosquito spraying for the city of Richardson will be completed Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. Some portions of the city were sprayed last Thursday and Friday, but unfavorable weather conditions put the work on hold (see map).
The County’s spraying operation will begin this evening at 9 p.m. and conclude in the early morning hours. Richardson is just one city included in the aerial operation; so the arrival time of planes over city limits is not certain.
A second aerial spraying operation to include all of Richardson is expected to take place Monday night; also beginning at 9 p.m.
Aerial spraying is considered to be an effective and safe way to kill adult mosquitoes in large, densely populated areas. Although the pesticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, residents are advised to take the following precautions:
- Avoid being outside during spraying; close windows and keep pets inside;
- If skin or clothes are exposed, wash them with soap and water;
- Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure;
- Cover small ornamental fish ponds;
- Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.
Residents are also urged to reduce outdoor activity during evening and nighttime hours. When outside, cover arms and legs and use a mosquito repellant. Standing water should be eliminated promptly, as mosquitoes can grow from egg to adult in as little as seven days. Breeding places for mosquitoes include swimming pools that are not kept clean, stagnant ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters and French drains.